Webinars offer the opportunity for learning and interaction without the investment of time and money for travel. The business world has been making use of this technology for quite a few years now. More and more it is penetrating the not for profit and church worlds. For the last several years Christian Reformed World Missions has been working with World Renew and other agencies to offer webinars on a variety of topics. The lineup for this fall was recently posted here. Some of the choices are The Changing Face of World Missions, The Millenium Development Goals, and When Helping Hurts.
A webinar enables participants at locations all over the continent, and even all over the globe, to see on their computer screens whatever the presenter would like to show them. Typically a short teaching time (perhaps 30 minutes) is following by some time for questions and interaction with the whole group. Someone from Surrey, BC may have a question that a participant in Wyckoff, NJ can answer. So far we have used a conference call for the audio portion which anyone in North America can call into via an 800 number. In the future this too could come through the internet for free.
I hope that you will check out the lineup, find something that you are excited to participate in and register for a webinar coming up soon. If the time or day does not work, you can hear and see past webinars on our webinar archive page. Take a look now at the considerable list of options already there like Kids and Missions, Short Term Missions, Advocating Peace in the Middle East, and Gospel Communication in a Facebook Age. Enjoy!